Friday, 01 April 2011

THE GM "SUCCESS" STORY

Ken Berwitz

When is a loss of as much as $84 billion dollars a profitable success?

Evidently, it is when President Obama and his administration are doing the math, thats when.

Excerpted from Kerry Pickets article in todays Washington Times:

Barack Obama has some 'splaining to do about taxpayers' profitable "investment" in General Motors. It turns out the president is imagining things.

a March 16 Congressional Oversight reportestimates taxpayers will be out of $25 billion. Additionally, the report points out that full repayment will not be possible unless the government is able to sell its remaining shares at a far higher price. 

That's only the beginning. Both the White House and the Congressional Oversight report omit the fact that during its bankruptcy, GM got a $45 billion tax break, courtesy of the American people.

Over one year after the promises President Obama and his administration made about the auto bailout, a February piece on AutoBlog also confirms that GM will also get a $14 billion dollar domestic tax break:

GM will be able to skip its tax tab due to years of massive losses. Companies are typically forgiven a portion of future taxes due to their past losses, but that benefit is typically stripped after an organization goes through bankruptcy.

However, the Obama administration and its allies presently continue to celebrate the success of the auto bailout, regardless of the facts.  "I dont think theres any doubt that this was a success," said (H/T Detroit News) acting assistant secretary at the Treasury Department Tim Massad, who oversees the TARP program at Treasury, to a House panel on Wednesday. 

In Obama's world, success mean taxpayers only lost as much as $84 billion.

Does that look like a profit to you? 

Does that look like money well spent to you?

Does that give you any reason at all to believe anything that this administration says?

My answers, in order, are No, No andNo.

How about you?


THE SMEARING OF JUDGE DAVID PROSSER

Ken Berwitz

Judge David Prosser has a problem.  It is that, despite the fact that his reputation has always been above reproach, he is being smeared in the vilest way imaginable by the union thugs and their far-left allies in Wisconsin.

"The Greater Wisconsin Committee", a far-left, Republican hating entity, has been airing an ad which essentially accuses Mr. Prosser of facilitating the actions of a pedophile. 

Its purpose in doing so is to prevent Mr. Prosser from being re-elected to his judgeship - which, if successful, would give the state supreme court one more liberal-leaning justice and one less conservative.  This, obviously, could have huge implications for the legislation passed by Wisconsin's house and senate, then signed by Governor Walker, which significantly diminishes collective bargaining rights for public sector unions.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel did an extensive article on the ad, which you can read by clicking here.  For the purposes of brevity, however, I will post its summary and conclusions:

The Greater Wisconsin Committee claims David Prosser didnt ask police to investigate a mothers report that a 30-year pedophile priest had indecently touched her two sons, then refused to file charges him and participated in a cover-up of the priests acts.

The committees TV ad uses generally factual statements to make its case, but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. By using information that only became known later, it suggests more information was available to Prosser at the time than really was. For instance, Prosser didnt know that the priest had a long history of molestation -- that came out 24 years later. And it wasnt until 24 years later that one of the brothers made the most serious allegation against the priest.

Finally, the two brothers have condemned the ad as "offensive, inaccurate and out of context."

We rate the committees claim Barely True.

The bottom line?  The Greater Wisconsin Committee's ad is a hot steamy load of BS.

And, in case you have any doubt, one of the victims has taped a statement, in which he condemns the smears against Prosser, and demands that Prosser's opponent, Joanne Kloppenburg, try to stop the ad from being used on her behalf.  

She has refused to do so. 

 


Disgusting smears like this one often backfire on the person who is supposed to benefit from them. 

Joanne Kloppenburg disgraces herself by not speaking out against these disgusting smear tactics.  That, among other reasons, is why I am rooting very hard for her candidacy to backfire on Tuesday.  

Go David Prosser!


WHY WE FIGHT RADICAL ISLAM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Why do we fight radical Islam?  Because of people like Stephen Comiskey.

 

Excerpted from an article at Londons Daily Sun:

 

A BRITISH male nurse was arrested and savagely battered in Saudi Arabia for being gay - then warned he faced death by BEHEADING.

Religious cops lured Stephen Comiskey, 36, into an ambush by sending him texts posing as a friend of his.

They beat him up, flung him in a cell and told him he faced charges of homosexuality - a capital offence under the Muslim kingdom's Sharia law.

Stephen was throttled into signing a "confession" in Arabic he could not read before being released.

His passport was confiscated and he spent the next SIX MONTHS in limbo - terrified he would be dragged off and executed.

He was finally allowed to fly home this week after diplomatic talks.

Stephen, who was nearing the end of a contract at the King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, insists he never flaunted his sexuality.

He said: "You have to understand Sharia law to know what I've been through. I've learned that you don't mess with these people - you cannot offend their culture or their law."

If we fight radical Islam we may win and we may lose.  But if we don't fight, we will most assuredly lose, because radical Islam will keep fighting regardless.

 

And if that were to happen, western civilization as we know it would end. 

 

To be replaced by what?  A society where a man is savagely beaten until he signs a fake confession, held for 6 months and threatened with beheading, for the crime of being homosexual?

 

 Obviously there are people who, for whatever their reasons, want to live this way.  And if they do, they're welcome to it.  But I don't.  And I suspect that you don't either.

 

That is why we fight. radical Islam.


WHY WE FIGHT RADICAL ISLAM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

 

I am very sorry to have to put up two blogs about why we must fight radical Islam in one day.  But the horrific news from Afghanistan forces me to do so.

 

Excerpted from an article by Rod Nordland in today's New York Times:

 

KABUL, Afghanistan Thousands of demonstrators angered over the burning of a Koran in Florida mobbed offices of the United Nations in northern Afghanistan on Friday, overrunning the compound and killing at least seven foreign staff workers, according to an Afghan officials.

There were conflicting reports of the total number of people killed and whether two of the victims had been beheaded. Five Afghans were also reported killed.

The incident began when thousands of protesters poured out of the Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif after Friday prayers and attacked the nearby headquarters of the United Nations, according to Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, spokesman for Gen. Daoud Daoud, the Afghan National Police commander for northern Afghanistan.

After disarming or shooting the United Nations compounds guards, the crowd surged inside. Mr. Ahmadzai said that eight of the foreign staff workers, whose nationalities were not known immediately, were killed by gunfire, and that two others were captured by the mob and beheaded. Other reports said that the operations center was burned down as well.

The governor of Balkh Province, Atta Mohammad Noor, said that seven United Nations employees were killed in all, five Nepali security guards and two European international staff, one of them a woman. He said earlier reports of beheadings were unfounded; all of the victims were shot.

The crowd, which he estimated at 20,000, overwhelmed police forces and the United Nations security guards, and the weapons they used in the attack may have been those they seized from the United Nations guards, he said.

 

An inconsequential minister who heads a tiny church in Florida burned (or said he burned, or is rumored to have burned - who knows?) a copy of the Koran, and thousands of thoroughly indoctrinated, mind-numbed Afghanis riot, then kill 7 UN workers (that we know of so far) who didnt burn a thing and are not from the United States.  For all we know some or all of them are Muslims.

 

What kind of civilization do these radical Islamists represent?  Are they the same species?  Im ashamed to say they are.

 

When George Bush invaded Afghanistan after 9/11, his objectives were extremely narrow.  They were to remove the Taliban from its governance in Kabul and take out the al-qaeda training camps it allowed to flourish there.  We accomplished this in next to no time, with minimal forces, and kept it that way for the remainder of his two terms as President.

 

Well, now we have commander-in-chief Obama at the helm.  He didnt like the way Mr. Bush was running the war in Afghanistan.  He knew much better how to run a war.   So he ordered the deployment of four times as many US troops there.  This has resulted in far more fatalities during Obamas two years as President than there were under Bush in more than 7 years.

 

For WHAT?  For THIS? 

 

Maybe the death of these UN workers, who were there to do nothing but help, will finally wake up our media.  Maybe now some of them will take time out from their fawning over Mr. Obama to ask some hard questions about his decisions in Afghanistan (not to mention Libya).  

 

And if anyone still wonders why we fight radical Islam, I urge them to read the above story again.  And again and again. 

 

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UPDATE:  This is far worse than first thought.  Excerpted from an article at Reuters:

UNITED NATIONS, April 1 (Reuters) - The United Nations death toll in an attack on the U.N. compound in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif could be as high as 20, U.N. officials told Reuters on Friday.

That figure, which is likely to change, includes international and local staff, U.N. guards and Nepalese Gurkha soldiers hired to protect the compound, U.N. officials said on condition of anonymity.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Nairobi that the attack was "outrageous and cowardly."

The deaths came after protesters demonstrating against the burning of Islam's holy book, the Koran, over-ran the U.N. compound, police said.

Two of the dead were beheaded by attackers who also burned parts of the compound and climbed up blast walls to topple a guard tower, said Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a police spokesman for the northern region.

If confirmed, it would be the highest ever loss of life in an attack on the United Nations in Afghanistan. The worst previous attack was an insurgent assault on a guesthouse where U.N. staff were staying in October 2009. Five U.N. staffers were killed and nine others wounded.

The lunatics who do things like this have been turned into mindless killers by radical Islam.  That said, I hope for two things:

1) That people use their heads and do not blame all Muslims for what these mind-controlled radical Islamist lunatics have done;

 

2) And that people use their heads and recognize the danger radical Islam poses for western civilization.  We ignore it at our own peril. 

 

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FURTHER UPDATE:  Now, depending on which report you believe, the death toll is anywhere from 5 to over 20.


THE NEW JOB DATA

Ken Berwitz

 

The new job numbers are out.  And dont we all have reason to be thrilled!!! (Yes, that is a sarcasm)

 

Excerpted from the article in this mornings New York Times:

 

The United States economy added 216,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department reported Friday, adding to hopes that hiring was finally on a steadier track despite concerns about overseas turmoil.

The gain in jobs slightly exceeded economists expectations. The unemployment rate continued to decline, to 8.8 percent, from 8.9 percent the previous month.

Quite a few signs have pointed to this economic recovery finally gaining some momentum. The weekly unemployment claims have declined steadily, from the mid-400,000s to the neighborhood of 385,000. In most contexts, the latter would be a grim number. But in this slowest and most sluggish of recoveries, it points to fewer layoffs, and presumably to more hiring

Whoo-hoooo!!!!!!

Over two years after enacting the so-called stimulus package, which has put us trillions of dollars into debt,  we are trumpet fanfare down to the unemployment rate that President Obama warned us we would have if the stimulus package didnt pass.

And the increase in jobs? While I am genuinely happy it has occurred, I find it very difficult to ascribe this modest degree of positive movement over two years after the fact - to the stimulus package.  The last time I checked there still was such a thing as a business cycle.

Bottom line:  If I am supposed to be impressed by this, I'm sorry to disappoint.  Because I am not.

Call it a case of reality trumping delusion.


MORE ON THE DOJ'S EXONERATION OF THE DOJ

Ken Berwitz

You may remember the name J. Christian Adams.

He was the respected Department of Justice lawyer who resigned, rather than continue to participate in the race-stained farce of enforcement being perpetrated by President Obama's disgraceful toady of an Attorney General, eric holder.  The last straw for Adams was its "handling" (if you can use that word) of the Philadelphia voter intimidation case.

Now that the Department of Justice has investigated itself and found no wrongdoing (just as Lucky Luciano would have found himself innocent of robbing banks), Mr. Adams has written a terrific piece about its "investigation", and the reaction by our wonderful "neutral" media.  You can read it by clicking here.

In the meanwhile, however, here is an excerpt - which, apart from being very informative and analytical, demonstrates that Mr. Adams has no problem criticizing both sides of the political aisle not just one.  The bold print is mine:

A limited internal investigation into whether the people who dismissed the black panther voter intimidation case acted unethically has concluded.  No surprise, the DOJ found that DOJ did not act unethically.  This minor event was enough to create media history.  For the first time since the scandal broke, the New York Times, NPR, Associated Press and Washington Post all covered the black panther voter intimidation matter.  It seems media interest peaks when the government is to be defended a perverse position given the historic import of the free press.

What has been most amazing to see is how the left-wing blogosphere has taken this limited and predictable finding and pounced like genuine reactionaries.  The fly has buzzed by the frog and a long tongue darts automatically.  The cat sees a mouse, and pounces.  They cannot help themselves, they cannot do otherwise. 

There are a number of reasons, if I may stain that noble word, why the Left acts like this when it comes to the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal.  For starters, conservatives have never had permission to speak on racial issues, and until recently, conservatives have submitted.  For decades, Republicans were particularly guilty.  Too afraid to articulate a competing philosophy on racial issues, they were content to stay silent and allow thinkers like Shelby Steele to do all of the heavy lifting.  After all, he could get away with it.

America is increasingly diverse.  Failure to articulate a vision of genuine equality condemns our children to a nation of greater racial strife, not less.

The other reason the left fears discussion about the New Black Panther voter intimidation is that it breaks up the narrative of the last 50 years that only some races have bad racial actors and only some races are victims.  This is why Kristen Clarke of the NAACP has been so hostile to cases like United States v. Ike Brown and the New Black Panther case.  She is part of an industry that has thrived by a static definition of oppressor and oppressed.  At one time, her version of history was wholly accurate.  But men are not angels, and every race has bad actors.  I proved that in federal court in MississippiKing Samir Shabazz has demonstrated to America that no race has a monopoly on evil racist madness.  People in places like the former Yugoslavia and Armenia learned this lesson long ago, but Americans are just beginning to learn.

Does this narrative interest you enough to read on?  I hope so.  Do yourself a favor and use the link I've provided.  You may not agree with everything Mr. Adams says, but I guarantee his points, and the reasons for them, will put your cerebrum in gear.

Zeke ......... ............. .......... "There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs." - Booker T. Washington, .. 1911 ............... ............ (04/01/11)


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